1. Are You Saved? Enjoying the . . Righteousness of the Saved Life? 3:21?26
. . Revealed Righteousness. 3:21-23
21 But now, apart from the law, God's righteousness has been revealed attested by the Law and the Prophets 22 that is, God's
righteousness through faith in Jesus Christ, to all who believe, since there is no distinction. 23 For all have sinned and fall short of
the glory of God.
B. A . . Redeemed Righteousness.
24 They are justified freely by His grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus.
C. A . . Restrained Righteousness.
25 God presented Him as a propitiation through faith in His blood, to demonstrate His righteousness, because in His restraint God passed over the sins previously committed. 26 He presented Him to demonstrate His righteousness at the present time, so that He would be righteous and declare righteous the one who has faith in Jesus.
Can you enjoy righteousness? Yes, when it is the righteousness given
by the Lord, and revealed after you receive salvation. A revealed
righteousness produces a surprise to the new Christian. Do you recall
recognizing the righteousness God revealed to you when you were a new Christian?
Some describe it as a feeling of peace or satisfaction. This
righteousness is not worked up by man but given through Christ. When
a person is saved he/she receives redeemed righteousness as the gift of
God. How could God redeem us and pass over our sins? His grace
allows Him to restrain Himself and grant righteousness. A saved person
2. Are You Saved? Enjoying the . . Resignation of the Saved Life? 3:27?28, 4:1-2
A. The Resignation from Boasting In the . . Flesh. 3:27-28
B. The Resignation from Boasting In the . . Fathers. 4:1-2
As a saved
person have you resigned from any boasting of the flesh? If you know
anyone who brags about his/her works toward the benefits of salvation you
really know an unsaved person. Since salvation comes through faith
who can boast? What about bragging related to your forefathers?
If anyone could brag the Jews could have bragged in Abraham, Isaac, and
Jacob. They did boast in these men but God says not even these patriarchs
grant salvation to someone, but faith alone. Salvation does not come
through your forefathers, but our text says Abraham’s justification came
through faith. A person of faith can only brag about being saved
through the plan of God.
3. Are You Saved? Enjoying the . . Resurrection of the Saved Life? 4:18?25
The . . Example of Resurrection. 4:18-22
18 Against hope, with hope he believed, so that he became the father of many nations, according to what
had been spoken: So will your descendants be. 19 He considered his own body to be already dead (since
he was about a hundred years old), and the deadness of Sarah's womb, without weakening in the faith.
20 He did not waver in unbelief at God's promise, but was strengthened in his faith and gave glory to
God, 21 because he was fully convinced that what He had promised He was also able to perform.
22 Therefore, it was credited to him for righteousness.
B. The . . Enlightenment of
23 Now it was credited to him was not written for Abraham alone, 24 but also for us. It will be credited to us who believe in
Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.
realize as a saved person you received the resurrection life from Christ?
A sense of a new life comes through this realization. It is my opinion
when people realize they have received the resurrected life they act with
more confidence. The text shares with us the example of Abraham and
Sarah when they received a child after the normal time for producing children.
The birth of Isaac acts as a resurrection, and it happened through faith
just like our salvation. The resurrection also enlightens us about
justification as the resurrection of Christ resurrection guarantees the
possibility of justification for all who receive salvation. So be
sure and ask all the members of your class, Are You Saved?